Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat of Scuderia Toro Rosso is two-for-two in points scoring appearances in his first two Grands Prix.
“It’s good to finish in the top ten for a second time in a row now. This afternoon’s race was very difficult and intense with a lot of fighting,” said the 19-year-old. “The first two stints were hard when I was fighting the Williams and McLaren in the early stages, but they were faster than me on the straight. I was quite happy with the final stint and having managed to defend my position.”
The quick growth for Kvyat will see him advance from a track he never raced at before (Melbourne) to one where he has (Sepang) and now one where he’s tested with this car (Bahrain).
“Overall it was a good weekend and I hope we continue to improve like this as the car definitely has potential,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to going straight to Bahrain to race again in a week’s time. It will be interesting to be on a track where we have actually tested with this car.”
A potential third straight Malaysian GP points appearance for teammate Jean-Eric Vergne ended with power unit issues, but the Frenchman rued a missed opportunity.
“I think I had a great start today but very soon I felt some problems with the car,” said “JEV.” “I lost power in the car and I just saw everybody overtaking me. Then I found myself in a sandwich between a Caterham and (Jules) Bianchi and maybe I was a bit too ambitious to think I could try and pass the two cars. It was just not possible and this resulted in the collision, which damaged my front wing.
“At this point I knew that my race was compromised, so I was hoping for some rain and maybe a safety car to change the cards on the table and re-join the pack. But then I continued to suffer with the car and my race was over. It’s really a shame, as this was a race in which we could have been strong and achieve a good result.”
Ahead of Bahrain next weekend, the team looks to match up with one of its best ever qualifying results, a sixth achieved by ex-STR driver Daniel Ricciardo in 2012.